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NATA Remembers Aviation Pioneer Bruce Whitman

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NATA Remembers Aviation Pioneer Bruce Whitman

Washington, DC, October 11, 2018 – The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) joins Bruce Whitman's countless friends and colleagues in honoring his lifelong contributions to aviation:

“The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bruce Whitman. NATA and its membership remembers Bruce for his leadership, altruism, dedication and tireless efforts as an industry pioneer. In 2013, Bruce was unanimously selected by NATA’s Board of Directors to receive its most prestigious recognition – the William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial Award – just one of the many honors bestowed on a truly deserving and exceptional aviation statesman,” said NATA President Gary Dempsey. “Bruce always remained an active and energetic force and leaves an indelible mark on the entire aviation community.”

“Personally, Bruce was a mentor and a pillar of support throughout my entire career, always taking the time out of his busy schedule to visit and advise. He will be greatly missed,” added Dempsey.

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